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Oswego Ledger-Sentinel : Hometown Newspaper for Oswego and Montgomery, Illinois : ReflectionsDisplaying Articles for All Dates

Wintertime travel meant extreme danger for early explorers
12/11/2014
Thanksgiving murder in Yorkville still unsolved-155 years later
12/4/2014
Junk mail a tonic for those obsessing over winter, shopping
11/27/2014
When Illinois corruption led to national reform
11/20/2014
Quarantines may return if anti-vaccination trend continues
11/13/2014
It took an act of Congress to settle Daylight Savings Time issue
11/6/2014
Halloween always fun, even for this rather staid family
10/30/2014
Political silly season almost over-but the junk mail keeps coming
10/23/2014
Hotels, motels carry on legacy of early roadside taverns
10/16/2014
Before the Edmund Fitzgerald disaster there was the Cyprus
10/9/2014
Half of million fewer people are saying 'I do' than 30 years ago
10/2/2014
Working together toward shared goals the real American way
9/25/2014
Here's the history behind Kendall County's drainage districts
9/18/2014
1900s-era farm family's world was arguably a more friendly place
9/11/2014
Junk mail already fluttering out of the mailbox like autumn leaves
9/4/2014
Every days sounds of long ago gone, but not forgotten
8/28/2014
There is meaning behind each of Kendall's nine township names
8/21/2014
1879: the year steam power came to Kendall County farms
8/14/2014
It was a depressing childhood; even our toaster popped down
8/7/2014
How two local teachers dodged the outbreak of World War I
7/31/2014
Observance (or not) of the Sabbath Day here continues to evolve
7/24/2014
'Great Wabausia Swamp' drained, but keeps coming back
7/17/2014
Junk mail reveals how month of Quintilis became July
7/10/2014
Why Oswego's leaders chose plank roads over the railroad
7/3/2014
An Oswego schoolboy helped stabilize our nation's economy
6/26/2014
Express Mail an early success for the Postal Service
6/19/2014
Meet David Atchison, our nation's president for a single day
6/12/2014
Early inns, taverns were vital to the growth of our nation
6/5/2014
I&M Canal provided a route for economic growth in our region
5/29/2014
Remember those from Kendall who fought to end slavery
5/22/2014
You can tune a guitar, but you can't tune a cymbal
5/15/2014
Corn law repeal led to the local British farmers' invasion
5/8/2014
Elimination of the buffalo brought end to the horse Indian culture
5/1/2014
Walking to school an American tradition and adventure
4/24/2014
'Washington Crossing the Delaware' has a German connection
4/17/2014
Lack of timber here posed a serious problem for settlers
4/10/2014
Oswego carpenter-physicist worked on The Manhattan Project
4/3/2014
Taking accurate measure: a survey of Kendall County surveys
3/27/2014
Homers came fast for Ralph Kiner, but never recognition
3/20/2014
Got milk? Dairy products were once a big part of local economy
3/13/2014
Waish-kee-shaw likely never lived on local reservation
3/6/2014
Marking change in Kendall County during Black History Month
2/27/2014
Junk mail reveals our nation's forgotten rugby dominance
2/20/2014
Times change but not the reasons why people move here
2/13/2014
Good fences may make good neighbors, but don't use Catalpa timber
2/6/2014
A tale of winter survival at an abandoned fur trading post
1/30/2014
Diminutive James Madison still standing tall in history books
1/23/2014
Long tradition of winter fun continues in Fox Valley
1/16/2014
New Jersey native was first to put 'Fox River' name on a map
1/9/2014
Everything was new once - even penalty flags
1/2/2014
Cartoon proves conservatives once indulged in humor
12/26/2013
Christmas: a time to revel in local holiday memories
12/19/2013
Not all Main Streets became business centers for area towns
12/12/2013
Recalling when hunting was a more significant part of fall here
12/5/2013
Junk mail provides the scoop on growing use of wind turbines, much more
11/28/2013
'60s NIU students, settlers both suspicious of open spaces
11/24/2013
When trains collided here teen helped rescue the injured
11/14/2013
Railroads devised nation's 'new method of reckoning time'
11/7/2013
100 years of driving: Lincoln Highway marks first century today
10/31/2013
If you look, you'll find 'informational gold' in that junk mail
10/24/2013
As autumn deepens, the traditional cycle continues
10/17/2013
You don't have to travel very far to find beautiful fall colors
10/10/2013
Cemetery Walk: your chance to visit with the ghost of Levi Hall
10/3/2013
September: a good time to look for junk mail 'jewels'
9/26/2013
'High-wheelers' led the way to better roads in Illinois
9/19/2013
Lesson of technology: what's new now will be discarded
9/12/2013
Students misbehaved in one-room classrooms, too
9/5/2013
Labrador, Golden Retrievers among least likely dogs to bite
8/29/2013
Ku Klux Klan rally in Kendall County? It did happen here
8/22/2013
Spare the rod, but save the pottle from its forced obscurity
8/15/2013
Scythes, snaths and flails: getting a handle on old tools
8/8/2013
Please Mr. Postman, keep that junk mail coming
8/1/2013
Landscape modified here long before Europeans arrived
7/25/2013
Historical rumored confirmed: Oswego was called Hudson
7/18/2013
The vacuum: a game changer for America's housekeepers
7/11/2013
Before the rockets red glare again, here's some patriotic trivia
7/4/2013
Recalling the hot summers when teens walked area farm fields
6/27/2013
How getting local meat to the market changed over the years
6/20/2013
France's error was not only human, it was historical
6/13/2013
World record holder for hand shaking? Theodore Roosevelt
6/6/2013
People keep coming, long after 'The Year of the Early Spring'
5/30/2013
Oswego teen chronicled Civil War odyssey in letters home
5/23/2013
Nation's, Kendall County's history tied to the postal service
5/16/2013
It's May! What do May flowers bring? Read on...
5/9/2013
Want clothes? Early settlers here had to make their own
5/2/2013
Prairies need fires to help maintain ecological health
4/25/2013
Dandelions: annoying weeds or good for eating and drinking?
4/18/2013
Bearded Republican presidents have big lead over Democrats
4/11/2013
Now a novelty, maple sugaring was once common here
4/4/2013
Year of the early spring brought flood of settlers here in 1833
3/28/2013
A man's world? Not for these early Kendall County women
3/21/2013
How did that song go? 'Blow, blow March winds-April's on the way!'
3/14/2013
Prizefights in Oswego: 'Are county officials helpless or are they asleep?'
3/7/2013
Early Illinois not a hell on the prairie, but no Eden either
2/28/2013
Timber was an essential commodity for early local settlers
2/21/2013
We might all be saying 'Alles Liebe zum Valentinstag!' today
2/14/2013
For settlers 'Pioneer Skillet' was a tool, not a menu item
2/7/2013
Early settlers here had to keep their powder dry
1/31/2013
Dams, mills once common on all Illinois rivers, streams
1/24/2013
The father of our country never lived in the White House
1/17/2013
How local Native Americans survived the frigid winters
1/10/2013
Watch for Kendall County connections in Spielberg's 'Lincoln'
1/3/2013
Blizzards proved awe-inspiring and deadly for early settlers
12/27/2012
Got your life? Then you have everything, even junk mail
12/20/2012
Recalling Christmas' past: 'Things were different then'
12/13/2012
158 years later, tiny Bristol Post Office still survives
12/6/2012
Nov. 12, 1933: the day the 'Great, black blizzard' reached Kendall Co.
11/29/2012
Looking ahead to winter...and into the junk mail file
11/22/2012
Before corn, wheat was king on Kendall County farms
11/15/2012
Mild-manner demeanor masked vet's real heroism
11/8/2012
Here's why Kendall County has historically voted Republican
11/1/2012
Some historical presidential facts before the election
10/25/2012
How 'some idiots' changed the name of Spunky Point, Ill. to Warsaw
10/18/2012
Better roads, vehicles brought end to creamery era here
10/11/2012
100 years ago Teddy Roosevelt, Bulgarians were big news here
10/4/2012
Debate over ICBMs, megatonage went out with the Cold War
9/27/2012
Carpeting a preoccupation long before 'HUdson 3-2700'
9/20/2012
Maramech Hill: A local historic site of national importance
9/13/2012
For early settlers here a good garden meant survival
9/6/2012
Late August junk mail falling like autumn leaves
8/30/2012
Before texting and Twitter there was the telegraph and telephone
8/23/2012
Yes, Montgomery once had its very own amusement park
8/16/2012
When summer was hot and air conditioning a novelty
8/9/2012
So what's the deal with the 'Dog Days' of summer anyway?
8/2/2012
Kendall County's location the historic secret to its growth
7/26/2012
Fishing 'magic': How carp became red salmon
7/19/2012
Most years, corn well past 'Knee high by Fourth of July'
7/12/2012
Nation's first monument located far away from Washington, D.C.
7/5/2012
Post office was at center of 19th century social issue disputes
6/28/2012
19th century Kendall County was a hotbed of low tech innovations
6/21/2012
Remembering Kendall County's 'golden age' of bank robbery
6/14/2012
The truth about the first ship to travel the Panama Canal
6/7/2012
A quiet man and patriot remembered on Decoration Day
5/31/2012
Black Hawk War had lasting impact on northern Illinois
5/24/2012
Hope for a peaceful resolution of Indian conflict here proved forlorn
5/17/2012
Survey finds we're working more hours than we did back in '73
5/10/2012
Hard roads, autos and trucks doomed interurban trolley service
5/3/2012
Preserving historic buildings makes social and economic sense
4/26/2012
To early settlers prairies here were 'exquisitely beautiful'
4/19/2012
As long as you have electricity, you can't beat a Blickensderfer
4/12/2012
180 years ago Illinois Indians went to war and history changed forever
4/5/2012
Tool manufacturing a specialty for 19th century blacksmith shops
3/29/2012
Local history and events moved very fast in the 1830s, too
3/22/2012
'Werewolf of London' sounds better than 'Lycanthrope of London'
3/15/2012
Glaciers sculpted and shaped the Kendall County landscape
3/8/2012
'Maggie' Shepard Edwards: A woman ahead of her time
3/1/2012
Model T worked fine as passenger car, not so well as a tractor
2/23/2012
What's your line of work? Last names once provided the answer
2/16/2012
Just for you loyal reader: A mid-winter junk mailapalooza
2/9/2012
Sleighs used for much more than 'dancing through the snow'
2/2/2012
Historic news reports show serious crimes are not new here
1/26/2012
Post Office Act of 1792 had major impact on settlement here
1/19/2012
President, Chief Justice Taft knew how to live large
1/12/2012
Life definitely more complicated today, but also more comfortable
1/5/2012
Lorenzo Rank: The best friend this journalist never met
12/29/2011
Memories of holiday dinners are still sharp as ever
12/22/2011
Have 'A Holly Jolly Christmas' and enjoy your junk mail
12/15/2011
Prohibition spawned widespread bootlegging here
12/8/2011
Briefly banning alcohol proved very costly for Oswego in 1891
12/1/2011
Native Americans helped assure the Pilgrims' survival
11/24/2011
Robert Frost's 'road less traveled' led to four Pulitzer Prizes
11/17/2011
How a determined Oswego school boy became a Civil War hero
11/10/2011
Business travel was a whole different trip for early entrepreneurs
11/3/2011
Popular lore: It was a newspaper that changed the spelling of Cleveland
10/31/2011
So why would anyone want to leave Prince Edward Island?
10/20/2011
Apples proved almost indispensable to early Midwest settlers
10/13/2011
Rand McNally had role in establishing Route 25, other area highways
10/6/2011
A local soldier's story: 'I will go to return victorious or a corpse'
9/29/2011
Columnist has a new appreciation for Japan's 'Respect for the Aged Day'
9/22/2011
Plowing matches once attracted thousands to farms east of Oswego
9/15/2011
Small Oswego park a last vestige of one of Kendall's 'lost' towns
9/8/2011
Anti-slavery movement here linked to early Congregational Churches
9/1/2011
Back-to-school time is here, but junk mail knows no season
8/25/2011
Columnist always struck out in lunchroom sandwich trades
8/18/2011
Era of manufactured gas burned brightly, but soon flickered
8/11/2011
Early settlers didn't waste time in transforming what is now Kendall County
8/4/2011
Fox River pearls found by wading, not deep diving
7/28/2011
Life continues to change as technological advances march on
7/21/2011
'Silent Cal' Coolidge was actually quite the White House prankster
7/14/2011
It took the Supreme Court to sort out this centuries-old fishing dispute
7/7/2011
Cutters brothers' remarkable journey finally ended here
6/30/2011
1936 truly a remarkable year here, despite the Depression
6/23/2011
Matile fishing policy: Catch no fish bigger than yourself
6/16/2011
Hot weather, wetlands proved daunting to Kendall's first surveyors
6/9/2011
Fox River: Great for recreation, not so much for commerce
6/2/2011
Rebel attack on Fort Sumter sparked immediate response in Oswego
5/26/2011
Junk mail reveals awful truth about Lauren Bacall, Andy Williams
5/19/2011
When the Fox River was 'a dirty, evil smelling waterway'
5/12/2011
Indian Removal Act hastened departure of local Native Americans
5/5/2011
Here's why there are 39 different ways to spell 'Waubonsee'
4/28/2011
Before Air Force One there was the Ferdinand Magellan
4/21/2011
The South started Civil War to defend investment in slavery
4/14/2011
Settler's story: An average person during an extraordinary era
4/7/2011
Pioneer's letters described this 'most beautiful country'
3/31/2011
After first flight to Paris, Lindbergh didn't take any chances
3/24/2011
Voters here said 'Yes' to fire services amidst the Great Depression
3/17/2011
Desire for consumer goods overcame Native American culture
3/10/2011
Like today's truck drivers, voyageurs thrived on hauling
3/3/2011
Duryea Brothers mostly forgotten, but their legacy drives on
2/24/2011
Travel distances a factor in creation of Kendall County
2/17/2011
Lincoln's legal career included three cases with Kendall ties
2/10/2011
One slave's incredible life: From Kentucky to Farnsworth Avenue
2/3/2011
Sledding and the need for speed was what winter was about
1/27/2011
Build Stonehenge today? You're going to need a building permit
1/20/2011
Fox River ice a big business here for a short time
1/13/2011
New railroad line helped create a new industry here in the 1870s
1/6/2011
A different world: Growing up on a local farm in the 1950s
12/30/2010
Junk mail helps relieve that last minute shopping angst
12/23/2010
Family interviews show how Christmas traditions changed
12/16/2010
California Gold Rush was worth the trip for some Kendall residents
12/9/2010
Many from Kendall County caught California's gold rush fever
12/2/2010
Is this really Thanksgiving or just pre-Christmas?
11/25/2010
Kendall County an ethnic melting pot from its earliest years
11/18/2010
Three from Kendall lost their lives in 'war to end all wars'
11/11/2010
1873: The year Kendall County farmers flexed their political muscle
11/4/2010
Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville finally gets his due
10/28/2010
Wishing 'happy trails' to Roy, Dale, and even Trigger and Bullet
10/21/2010
Napoleon's army, columnist both travel on their stomachs
10/14/2010
No need to travel far to enjoy all of nature's fall glory
10/7/2010
Only problem with early Illinois history is on the part of its residents
9/30/2010
Junk mail reveals the truth about our presidents' log cabin claims
9/23/2010
Here's how early Kendall County settlers laid claim to land
9/16/2010
What's the deal with us trying to educate everyone in the country?
9/9/2010
Decades and centuries pass, but we're still 'screaming' for ice cream
9/2/2010
Junk mail continues to provide answers to those unasked questions
8/26/2010
History has lots of financial lessons but, tragically, few seem interested
8/19/2010
When "small grains" were big in Kendall County
8/12/2010
Fox River Valley rich in easy-to-reach local history museums
8/5/2010
Reveling in the Dog Days of summer and in the junk mail
7/29/2010
Oswego Drag Strip Days brings back fond memories of hot rod era
7/22/2010
Putting Kendall County's 'healthiest' status in historic perspective
7/15/2010
Visitor from the past wouldn't recognize Kendall County farms today
7/8/2010
Like small schools? You'll find plenty in Montana and Nebraska
7/1/2010
Looking for some historical driving kicks? Just try old Route 6
6/24/2010
Early how-to book lured many Brits and Scots to Illinois
6/17/2010
Kendall, Kane and Will: Where those county names came from
6/10/2010
Scapegoats, sermons and more: The junk mail continues to flow
6/3/2010
A few have survived not one, but two historic events
5/27/2010
Spring means it's planting time once again on Illinois prairie
5/20/2010
Madisons, DuPonts understood the value of historic preservation
5/13/2010
A few more reasons why it's important to open your junk mail
5/6/2010
Destitute here looked to local government first during Great Depression
4/29/2010
A true Kendall County renaissance man: John Dean Caton
4/22/2010
Local opposition kept the railroad out of downtown Oswego, for a time
4/15/2010
Spring, junk mail go together like horse, carriage
4/8/2010
Why Kendall's first concrete road bypassed downtown Oswego, Yorkville
4/1/2010
It took a new fee, government cooperation to build first hard roads
3/25/2010
By land and water: Riverboats had role in stagecoach era
3/18/2010
Don't ask a young American to find Afghanistan on a map
3/11/2010
Frances E. Lane: Kendall County's unlikely women's rights warrior
3/4/2010
'Madness?' Erie Canal proponents proved Thomas Jefferson wrong
2/25/2010
Early history of Kendall County has proven an invaluable research tool
2/18/2010
Don't like those sappy Valentine's Day cards? Blame this Frenchman
2/11/2010
Gangster may have told agents of Three-Fingered Jack's grave here
2/4/2010
Put a tiger in your tank? Lots of recent history in old ad campaigns
1/28/2010
1900: The year that set the 20th Century's stage
1/21/2010
It's so easy to twist, even a caveman can do it!
1/14/2010
Settling Wheatland's treeless prairie lands
1/7/2010






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